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Say no to violence

Published: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Turning Point is getting the word out to everyone so they will know. Last year, Turning Point served 1,727 clients in one year alone; 204 of them were children and 47 were under the age of 5. A toddler doesn’t understand that there is help out there, much less mom or dad.

Turning Point has services for the whole family. We have emergency services, individual and group counseling, as well as services in Spanish for the Latina population. We also have Partner Abuse Intervention services that help the abuser learn there is another way to handling his/her anger.

Turning Point handled 4,704 hotline calls. Along with this, we went into 104 area schools and colleges to present to 6,164 students, thanks to the Choose Respect group and Molly Horton.

Our shelter is the only one providing help for domestic violence victims in our county.

With a secure fence, double entry, bedroom-wing windows that don’t open for fear of the abuser gaining access to the client, and we are directly linked to the Woodstock Police Department.

Everyone has the right to live in a safe and comfortable home, free from violence. Please join Turning Point and say no to violence!

Jane Farmer

Executive director, Turning Point 

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